By Deborah Williams
Charlie Boss, writer for The Columbus Dispatch, writes about an evolving trend that your child might experience, “flipped learning.” Boss’s article, “’Flipped’ Classes Take Learning to new Places,” describes a new application of video technology to teach various subjects. In a “flipped classroom,” students are assigned video lessons to watch at home or in the school’s computer lab. Students are expected to take notes and write down any questions they may have while viewing the video. When they return to class, students are expected to apply what they have learned to problems and projects during the class period.
This role reversal—lectures at home and “homework-like” assignments in the classroom—seem to be catching on across the country. Many of its proponents have seen better lesson comprehension and quicker mastery of material. Instead of the teacher being the “the gatekeeper of knowledge,” s/he becomes “the coach.” The flipped classroom is becoming the method of choice because it seems to be an effective way to infuse technology into learning and changing the way the class operates.